Poland (IFMSA-Poland) - Bydgoszcz
LC GENERAL INFORMATION
350000
40000
Anaesthesia, Geriatrics, Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Intensive and Critical Care, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine-Nephrology, Internal Medicine-Pulmonary, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics, Paediatrics-Oncology, Paediatrics-Surgery, Radiology, Surgery-Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery-Gastrointestinal Surgery, Surgery-General, Surgery-Neurosurgery, Surgery-Orthopedics, Surgery-Thoracic Surgery, Surgery-Transplantation Surgery, Surgery-Vascular Sugery, Urology, Dermatology, Dermatovenerology
January, March, May, July, November
35 SCOPE STUDENTS
3 SCORE STUDENTS
1 meal per working day
Dormitory
No specific ECs
http://bydgoszcz.ifmsa.pl/en/homepage/
LEOs
Mikolaj Czerwinski
OVERVIEW
Bydgoszcz is a city located in Northern Poland, on the Brda and Vistula rivers. With a city population of 350.000, and an urbanagglomeration with more than 470.000 inhabitants, Bydgoszcz is the 7th-largest city in Poland. It has been a seat of Bydgoszcz County and the co-capital, with Torun.


UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS
- Dr Antoni Jurasz University Hospital No.1 in Bydgoszcz
- Dr Jan Biziel University Hospital No.2 in Bydgoszcz
Both hospitals function at Collegium Medicum as the base for educating, carrying out scientific research and providing highly specialized diagnostic, medical and rehabilitation services. Except for these, the organisational units of Collegium Medicum work on the basis of:
- Oncology Centre in Bydgoszcz
- Kuyavia and Pomerania Pulmonology Centre in Bydgoszcz
- Provincial Infectious Diseases Hospital in Bydgoszcz
- Ludwik Rydygier Provincial Polyclinical Hospital in Torun


RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LABS
Current list of research projects available in this LC can be found at IFMSA.org “Research Projects” database.
BOARDING
1 lunch per working day (Monday-Friday) in the student canteen.


LODGING

Student dormitory is located in the city centre (ul. Jagiellonska 13) - it takes about 15 minutes by foot or 5 minutes by bus to get to Clinical Hospital No. 1 and about 15 minutes by tram to Clinical University Hospital No. 2
- the incomings are accomodated in double rooms (to be shared with another student)
- each room is equiped with its own WC 
- the showers are common for the entire floor
- the bed sheets are provided by the dormitory, however you need to take your own towels  
- kitchen and laundry are available in the dormitory
- we don't provide kitchenware (i.e. plates, cutlery, cups, pots, frying pans) 
- the WIFI access is available (please ask the LEO for details)

TRANSPORTATION

Getting here:
The best way to come to Bydgoszcz is taking a flight to Warsaw and then a direct train from Warsaw to Bydgoszcz (about 3.5 hours, the ticket costs 60 PLN, there’s no discount applicable). Bydgoszcz has its own Ignacy Jan Paderewski Airport, but there is no direct flight from Warsaw to Bydgoszcz. You can find direct flights to Bydgoszcz from Frankfurt, Birmingham, Dublin or London.
Some of you may find it easier and nicer to travel via Berlin (Germany) or Prague (Czech Republic). Bydgoszcz is well connected with Prague by cheap & comfortable coach drive company called Flixbus (www.flixbus.pl). The ticket price depends on the date of travel (the earlier you buy a ticket, the cheaper it is). It takes around 4.5 hour to get to Bydgoszcz from Berlin and 11 hours from Prague.
Buses and trams:
To move around the town you can use buses or trams. Ticket cost 3 PLN, if you have the ISIC student card you can buy a reduced ticket for 1.50 PLN.
Timetable: www.zdmikp.bydgoszcz.pl/index.php/en/timetable
To plan your journey you can use : http://www.bydgoszcz.jakdojade.pl/?locale=en
Taxi:
In Bydgoszcz, you can find over 1.200 taxis. Over 90% of them are within corporations. Mostly, the start charge is PLN 7.00 plus PLN 2.20 per each kilometer during the day.
Zrzeszeni tel. 196 22
MPT "Luczniczka" tel. 191 91
Mercedes tel. 196 64
Komfort tel. 196 62
Bydgoszcz city bike 
You can rent a bike for 1 PLN per hour (if you return the bike in 20 minutes it’s free). There are 37 stations all over the city so you can get almost everywhere quickly and be eco. For more information, visit the website: https://www.bra.org.pl/?lang=2

SOCIAL PROGRAM
Daily activities may include activities ranging from partying through escape rooms, paintball, bowling to sightseeing or visiting museums.
Firstly, we can go to free Open-air Cinema in front of the Shopping Center “Drukarnia”. This cinema is open from Wednesday to Sunday in summer months. Then, we can rent bikes and drive along the Bydgoszcz Canal. http://www.kanalbydgoski.pl/en,rok_kanalu
Besides this we offer you 2 different weekend trips:
TORUN is one of the most beautiful historic cities of Poland, cut in the middle by the stately waters of the Vistula River. This town is famous for its gingerbread and the great scholar Nicolaus Copernicus who lived there. This town has not only beautiful monuments, but also there is Planetarium. http://www.planetarium.torun.pl/en 
TRI-CITY is an urban complex extending along the Bay of Gdansk and is one of Poland's largest tourist attractions. One thing is certain - in Tricity you will not be bored: you can go night-clubbing, sunbathe by the seashore, taste the local specialities and take advantage of such wide range of activities, that it may even make you seasick! Here you will feel the sand under your feet, breeze on your skin, you will hear the call of the sea and you will the wind blow in your sails.

National Food & Drink Party - a typical integration reception which is about sharing traditional meals from our home countries. You will have an opportunity to taste some typical Polish dishes, such as dumplings (pierogi), sauerkraut with mushrooms (bigos), gingerbread (piernik) and cheesecake (sernik), as well as the meals prepared by exchange students from other countries
NICE Project (available in July and August) - a great way to discover different parts of Poland. On summer weekends you will have an opportunity to take part in trips to the most popular Polish cities. It’s a good occasion to visit the most beautiful monuments and buildings and learn about Polish history
The incomings have a possibility to participate in educational activities delivered within the scope of  Med-Ex. The opportunities vary between the LCs and may include surgical skills workshops, BLS and ALS trainings, ultrasonography and electrocardiography crash course, as well as dealing with real-life medical scenarios in simulation centres.

 

MUST SEE

Even though the city is quite small, you will be enchanted by its friendly atmosphere and charm. 
Bydgoszcz Mill Island is a spacious heart of Bydgoszcz. What makes it unique is the location in the city centre, just a few steps from the old Market Square. It used to be the 'industrial' centre of Bydgoszcz in the Middle Ages and for several hundred years thereafter, and it was here that the famous royal mint operated in the 17th century. Most of the buildings date back to 19th century. On an island you can find also many footbridges over small canal and redbricked buildings reflect in the surface of the river All this creates a unique atmosphere of this city and entitles the Mill Island to the name “Bydgoszcz’s Venice”.
In the Northern part of the city, there is the Forest Park of Culture and Recreation – Myslecinek, the ‘green lungs’ of Bydgoszcz. As one of the largest recreational complexes in Poland, it covers an area of 830 ha, where you can find plenty of attractions such as climbing wall or bikes, roller skates and skateboards rental.
Well-known  Bydgoszcz symbol is Luczniczka – archer. This sculpture represents a naked woman with bow and arrow. Someone’s was angry that this sculpt is naked and dressed its for the Christmas time. This titbit you won't find in google. We will tell you this if you visit us.
Museum of Soap and History of Dirt - one of the most interesting museum in Poland, which show a history hygiene. Beside see exhibition you will be able to make your own soap.